Caitlin Zaloom is an Associate Professor of Social and Cultural Analysis and Director of Metropolitan Studies at New York University. She received her Ph.D. in 2002 in Anthropology from the University of California, Berkeley and her B.A. in 1995 in Middle Eastern Studies and Modern Culture and Media from Brown University. Her areas of research are culture and economy; cities and globalization; financial markets; technology and cities; science and technology studies; and social theory. Zaloom is affiliated with the American Anthropological Association, American Studies Association, and the Society for the Social Studies of Science and Technology. She has been awarded the National Science Foundation Research Grant for Neuroeconomics: From Synapse to Society 2006-2008; International Center for Advanced Study, New York University, Faculty Fellow, 2004-2005; Social Science Research Council, Dissertation Fellow, 2001-2002; and University of California Institute for Global Conflict and Cooperation, Dissertation Fellow, 2000-2001.
Professor Zaloom's selected publications include "The Derivative World," The Hedgehog Review (2010); "The City as Value Locus: Markets, Technologies, and the Problem of Worth," Thomas Bender and Ignacio Farias eds. Urban Assemblages (2009); "How to Read the Future: The Yield Curve, Affect, and Financial Prediction," Public Culture (2009); "Markets and Machines: Work in the Technological Sensoryscapes of Finance," American Quarterly (2006); "The Discipline of Speculators," Aihwa Ong and Stephen Collier eds. Global Assemblages: Technology, Politics, and Ethics as Anthropological Problems (2005); "The Productive Life of Risk," Cultural Anthropology (2004); "Time, Space, and Technology in Financial Networks," Manuel Castells ed. The Network Society: A Cross-cultural Perspective (2004); and "Ambiguous Numbers: Trading Technologies and Interpretation in Financial Markets," American Ethnologist (2003), also included in Frontiers of Capital, Melissa Fisher and Greg Downey eds., (2006).